Author Archives: Andrew Haldane

Opinion: Could PEVEL help to secure the triumph of good over EVEL?

england-flagEvery time a Tory mentions English Votes for English Laws they have a certain daemonic glint in their eyes. The power junkies think they are about to get the keys to the pharmacy. They say nature abhors a vacuum, but the Tories can hardly conceal their delight at the vacuum created by the meteoric rise up the political agenda of the West Lothian Question (which they and their friends in the media have helped to propagate). In 2010 they gained 56% of English MPs with 40% of the English vote. Implementing overdue boundary revisions and reducing MP numbers would tilt the balance further in their favour. Requiring a good deal less than 40%, they could gain a majority of English MPs for the foreseeable future if historic voting patterns persist.

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Opinion: Could there still be a bright future for Lords reform?

Unless we are admitting defeat or  consider the electorate agog with admiration of the status-quo, we perhaps need to look beyond  the seemingly  compelling case for democratic legitimacy and begin developing some more imaginative ideas about what a reformed second chamber  might do  differently and explore its potential for transforming  politics.

Limiting the level of ambition for our shiny new democratic institution to the pursuit of the same old objectives of itself does not seem like a great leap forward.

It also leaves us vulnerable to the tactics adopted by the Conservatives and their press allies, who assiduously sought to cultivate public …

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    " The truth of it is that there ​are things we can win in the European Union, but we will not win them by removing...
  • User AvatarRichard Flowers 24th May - 5:57pm
    @Michael BG "I don’t understand why you are not advocating one of [Torry's] preferred schemes." Precisely because he pays for it by abolishing the personal...
  • User AvatarPsi 24th May - 5:55pm
    Day "Dean Moore is a student Well, that’s unsurprising" If the only comment is an Ad Hom I guess that indicates you accept the case...
  • User AvatarMichael BG 24th May - 5:30pm
    Thank you Richard Flowers for posting a link to Malcolm Torry’s paper. I don’t understand why you are not advocating one of his preferred schemes....
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    Ford's in his flivver; all's well with the world.
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    Being a student is neither here nor there, I think the argument is entirely valid. Liberalism IS about accepting someones freedom to do or say...